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How To: Backtrack 3 boot from sdcard +emacs

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Is there any way to set up my eepc to:
*boot from 4G sdcard
*allow persistent changes
*add emacs
*have compiz enabled

If there is a method to do so please elaborate on the necessary steps. I haven't found posts that address all of these needs.
Thanks,
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by:agriesser
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Backtrack has an installer that let's you install it on any harddrive (or harddrive like component), in your case, the 4GB SD card should work fine.

Once you've booted backtrack, choose Start -> System -> Backtrack Installer (you might need to partition and format your SD card before the installer can do it's work, I don't know for sure, I never tried to install Backtrack3).

Due to the fact that backtrack3 has been installed then and is not just booted from the CD, all the changes you make are persistent.

You can then add emacs, of course.

Compiz is the only thing I can't answer for sure. What graphics card is in your eeePC? (Yes, I'm one of the few people who never had such a thing between their fingers).
Is this graphics card on the compiz whitelist? If it is, you'll get compiz to work too. If it isn't, you're out of luck on this one.
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Update: I found a website with installation instructions for backtrack2/3 on your harddrive.

http://hi.baidu.com/hkralf/blog/item/48ccbb0eccd732e337d12257.html
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Backtrack 3 doesn't have the installer feature that I could find
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For Compiz:

http://www.eeepc.it/compiz-fusion-su-eeexubuntu/

(sorry it's in italian) ;^P
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According to the backtrack Wiki, there should be an installer (although it's still in the beta phase):

http://backtrack.offensive-security.com/index.php/Howto#Installation
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I have used the installer in BT2 several times and I would be surprised if the installer for BT3 was missing.
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I never did find the installer feature but following another tutorial I've gotten to the point where I can boot bt3 off of a 4GB sd card.  I've edited the pchanges line in /boot/syslinux/syslinux.cfg to changes=/dev/sda2 (which is the partition on my sdcard to save changes)
I can save changes to that partition if I manually move files there, but when I do system wide changes like compling and installing emacs...this gives me a boot error.
**Is there any way that I can modify bt3 to have emacs included?
I think I could live w/ everything else if I could just have emacs!
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OK, I should have done this way sooner. I'm currently downloading BT3-final.iso and will try to install it on my system.
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Awesome. Thanks!
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OK, it seems as if we both made the same mistake. I downloaded the bt3-final.iso and that's the wrong file. The iso image is just a live-cd without the possibility to install it.
If you want to install bt3 on your eeePC, you need to download the USB version and then follow this nice tutorial:

http://www.i-hacked.com/content/view/260/42/
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agriesser: There is not an installer feature on bt3 final.
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That tutorial uses the installer, but there is not one on bt3 final. Is there any way to do it manually?
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OK, I'm downloading BT3 final usb now :) I can't believe that it isn't possible to install bt3-final on your harddisk, expect results soon.
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Yeah, there is no installer in bt3 final.  I was able to get it on the hard disks manually by following this tutorial: http://forums.remote-exploit.org/showthread.php?t=14751.
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